Date: June 25, 2020
Information Release – Vehicle Accident
Pagosa Fire Protection District was called to respond to a vehicle accident on East Highway 160 near mile marker 162 at approx. 8:42 am on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
A passing motorist called 911 to report the accident. A Colorado State Patrol trooper and Colorado Department of Transportation operators were first on-scene and verified a single pickup and flatbed trailer was located approx. 750 feet from the roadway down a steep hillside against an area of cliff walls. CSP and CDOT personnel were able to reach the crash site and locate the driver who was in critical condition.
PFPD responded with one engine, one rescue truck, one brush truck, two chief vehicles, six paid personnel and four volunteers. The PFPD rope rescue team was activated along with the Upper San Juan Search & Rescue rope team.
Due to patient’s condition and dangerous extrication route, a short haul helicopter, in the area for the Sand Creek Fire, was approved to launch and recon the crash location. After extrication utilizing the short haul helicopter, the patient was transferred to ambulance and taken to local hospital facilities for initial evaluation. Patient was later flown to a level one trauma center.
Emergency responders from PFPD, Upper San Juan Hospital District, Upper San Juan Search & Rescue, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation, Mineral County Emergency Management, and South Fork Fire Rescue, USFS Fire Management responded.
Fire crews were on scene for approx. 4.5 hours. Cause of the accident is currently under investigation by law enforcement. There were no firefighter injuries to report.
Submitted by: Pagosa Fire Protection District Public Information Division
Approved: Randy Larson, Fire Chief